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FIGHTING DEFORESTATION

We implement practices and measures to promote the sustainable production of commodities such as palm oil, soy, wood and paper, as well as beef.
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Fighting Deforestation

The global demand for agricultural commodities is one of the main causes of pressure on our forests. In addition to its potential for carbon sequestration and climate regulation, forests are also the habitat of around 80% of the earth’s terrestrial biodiversity. Deforestation is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, must be tackled.

Because palm oil, wood and paper fibres, soy, and beef are the main agricultural commodities whose production is associated with the risk of deforestation, it is our goal to progressively ensure the sustainable origin of these ingredients in our Private Brand and Perishable products.

The Jerónimo Martins Group pledged to Zero Net Deforestation by 2020, as part of its participation in The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). Despite the progress made by the signatories, the impact of the measures taken at the level of their respective supply chains is not, on its own, sufficient to bring about the necessary transformation at a global level.

This is why in 2020 the Jerónimo Martins Group signed up to the Forest Positive Coalition of Action, an action strategy promoted within the scope of the CGF, together with another 18 companies from the retail and industrial sectors, to stimulate the development of activities aimed at fighting deforestation and preventing the loss of high conservation value ecosystems.

This means:

  • ensuring that Private Brand and Perishable products are aligned with the criteria of the Forest Positive Coalition of Action, in close cooperation with our suppliers;
  • working with the suppliers of Private Brand and Perishable products and, together with the coalition members, also with the main traders of these commodities to encourage them to make the same commitments in relation to their activities;
  • promote, through multi-stakeholder initiatives, the preservation of these ecosystems in the main production areas of these ingredients;
  • define specific progress indicators and publicly disclose the results.

Since 2014, we have been mapping the presence of these ingredients in our products and questioning our suppliers as to their origin and sustainability certification, as well as answering the CDP Forests survey and publicly disclosing our answers.

At the same time, we have been implementing a series of actions aimed at reducing the carbon emissions linked to forest destruction, preserving biodiversity and contributing towards eliminating the violation of human rights, children’s rights and/or workers’ rights linked to these commodities.

We are also members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RPSO) since 2017 and of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) since 2019, two initiatives that promote alignment with the best sustainability practices in the production of palm oil and soy, respectively.
Biedronka is a founding member of the Polish Coalition for Sustainable Palm Oil (PKZOP), whose goal is to certify 100% of palm oil in Poland by 2023.

CDP Forests 2019 and 2020 scores

For the second year in a row, we are the only retailer in the world to achieve the leadership level in all the commodities assessed

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FOR PALM OIL, WOOD AND PAPER, SOY, AND BEEF

Palm oil

Our strategy for palm oil is based on two lines of action: i) replacement with vegetable oils with a better nutritional profile and ii) progressively ensuring sustainable origin for the remaining ingredient in our products. As at 2020, 100% of the palm oil used in our Private Brand and Perishables products for the Polish and Portuguese markets continued to be RSPO certified for sustainable production. In total, 85% of the palm oil used by the Group in its products is RSPO certified.

Soy

In 2020, we have increased soy traceability in the supply chain1. The Group’s Private Brand products and Perishables had the direct presence of 583 tonnes of soy coming from countries at risk of deforestation2 and the indirect presence of 159,760 tonnes (e.g. soy used in animal feed) with the same origins. About 12% of soy from countries at risk had a sustainability certification, such as RTRS or ProTerra, among others, thus ensuring that its production did not induce deforestation.

Paper & Wood

Of the 141,853 tonnes of wood and paper that we have incorporated into our Private Brand products, 877 tonnes come from countries at risk of deforestation2, with more than 98% carrying certifications that assure that they come from sustainably managed forests, such as the FSC® or PEFC. Less than 2% of the total wood and paper incorporated in our packaging comes from countries at risk of deforestation. In the Group’s total, more than 92% of virgin fibres from countries at risk of deforestation present in our products’ packaging have FSC® or PEFC certification.

Beef

Only 223 tonnes, out of more than 39,646 present in Private Brand and Perishable products, come from countries at risk of deforestation2, being less than 1% from areas at risk.

Notes:

1 All five tiers of soy quantification in the supply chain are accounted in accordance with the CGF’s “Calculation guidelines for the measurement of embedded soy usage in consumer goods businesses” methodology, available at: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.
2 The countries at risk of deforestation considered are defined in accordance with The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) guidelines for soy, paper and wood, and beef.

Independent Verification

Data concerning mapping the presence of ingredients linked to deforestation in Private Brand and Perishables products was verified by an external and independent entity for the Group’s 2020 Annual Report.

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